The shouts from the boisterous junior varsity players sitting in the bleachers could be heard throughout Joseph B. Good Stadium. Probably beyond.
“Oh. My. God,” one kid shouted.
“All hail Conor Jordan,” exclaimed another.
The aforementioned Jordan, a senior attack on Rockville's varsity team, just scored his fourth goal of the afternoon in grand fashion. A behind-the-back beauty into the top right corner of the cage that had the spectators buzzing.
Chances are, as awesome as the goal looked, it was his next strike 1 minute and 54 seconds later that excited his teammates much more.
The one that put Rockville up by 10.
“If we won by five or more, it was one day off. If we won by 10 or more, it was two days off,” Rams coach Kurt Kohler said. “Dangle the carrot. Let them know that it is over and we're trying to get them ready for postseason now.”
In this case, “it” refers to Rockville's brutal stretch of five games in 10 days that culminated in a 12-1 blowout of Albert Einstein on a 60-degree Tuesday afternoon in Rockville.
“Hallelujah. These last two weeks have been so grueling. That was really rough on our legs, our bodies. I'm just really happy we got this win,” said Jordan, who finished with five goals.
Jordan, a natural left-hander, scored two of his goals by wrapping around the left side of the crease, speeding by the defense and firing a jump shot on net.
After a 16-10 loss to Damascus, the Rams have won three consecutive games by a combined score of 40-3.
“Conor's been a dominant force on the field. He's doing everything that we're asking him to do,” Kohler said. “We're spreading the wealth among everybody. It's a great team effort and it's hard to play us when we have so many offensive weapons.”
Sophomore attack Lucas Flavell finished with a hat trick, while Ray Doyle added two of his own.
In addition to the offense's dominant performance, junior goalkeeper Mark Sintetos made nine saves, including a remarkable back-to-back effort in the second quarter. With the Rams leading 4-1, Sintetos turned away a shot from 15 feet with his foot. The ball then bounced to the right side of the crease where it was picked up and fired on net. Still down from the kick save, Sintetos sprung to his feet and dove to his right to make the stop. It resembled something you'd see from a goalie in hockey, not lacrosse.
“Give it up to their goalie. He made some great saves. He's a good player. We didn't challenge him enough offensively,” Einstein coach Brian Elliott said.
The Rams (7-2) controlled play for a majority of the game, outshooting the Titans (5-3), 23-10, but it wasn't until a six-goal outburst in the fourth quarter that the score got out of hand.
“At the end we just got tired. It's the last five goals that made the game look more out of reach than it was. Unforced turnovers hurt us,” Elliott said.
The Rams shut off Einstein's premiere midfield dodger JP Francis for a majority of the game and the offense struggled to find openings without his ball-handling presence. Titans goalkeeper Zack Klein made 11 saves in the losing effort.
With three blowout victories in a row, the Rams finally are beginning to witness the culmination of the hard work they said they devoted to the program during the offseason.
“We're Rockville,” Jordan said. “We're the team that everyone thought, ‘Just come and kick their butts and get out with an easy win.' But we're doing our thing. We're dominating these teams. It has been awesome.”
Rockville 12, Albert Einstein 1
Einstein 1 0 0 0 -- 1
Rockville 4 2 0 6 -- 12
Einstein (5-3): Ian Larkin (8:23, 1st)
Rockville (7-2): Lucas Flavell (9:11, 1st), Flavell (6:53, 1st), Conor Jordan (0:56, 1st), Jordan (0:22, 1st), Ray Doyle (5:12, 2nd), Flavell (0:03, 2nd), Doyle (2:01, 3rd), Will Smith (9:08, 4th, extra man), Jordan (8:20, 4th), Jordan (4:41, 4th), Jordan (2:47, 4th), Michael Aust (1:44, 4th)